Advent is about waiting. Anticipating. Expecting. Preparing. Hoping.
This sounds a lot like youth ministry to me.
We wait for youth to commit their lives to Jesus. We wait for them to arrive so we can start our youth gatherings. We wait for their parents to come pick them up at the end of our events.
We anticipate the arrival of youth at our gatherings with our eyes fixated on the door. We anticipate their confusion or their silence when we are preparing small group discussions. We anticipate their excitement when we announce the dates of retreats and rallies.
We expect the youth to behave when they are at Church. We expect that more youth will come out to social events than teaching nights. We expect that Father will ask us “So how many people came to youth ministry last night?”
We prepare prayer services, social justice excursions, and skits. We prepare snacks to serve the youth either before, during, or after the gathering. We prepare them to be able to share their testimonies with a world that so desperately needs to hear them.
We hope that we are making a difference in the youths’ lives. We hope that they make good decisions especially in the face of temptation. We hope that their homes are stable and that their friends are good.
Most of all, we love them where they are at and we lead them to an encounter with Jesus Christ.
Just as Christ entered the world to love and encounter us.
On June 12, Canucks president Trevor Linden surprised St. Paul School principal Mrs. Moorehead at a special assembly organized by the outgoing grade 7 class and their teacher Mrs. Espinosa.
As part of the assembly, the talented grade 7 students performed “Trevor”, a parody of Bruno Mars’ hit song “Treasure”.
Kudos to singers Anna, Sophia, Sharlene, and Renai for crushing the song. As well, to Eldric, Matthew, Joshua, and Mr. Kelly for the great instrumentation.
Thanks to Mrs. Dela Rosa for the footage.
Lastly, a big thanks to the Canucks organization, Trevor Linden, and FIN for making the morning so memorable.
While Archbishop Michael has a lot of serious responsibilities, I’m blessed to see his lighter side in working with him on a regular basis.
Thus, I was thrilled when he agreed to face off with me in a Bad Joke Telling contest.
See who prevails in this ultimate showdown.
It’s usually earned and it’s rarely given freely.
I’ve been blessed to speak to 4 different audiences in the past week: an elementary school leadership day, a Confirmation retreat, a grade 11 retreat, and a Reverence 4 Life mini-conference. While it has made for a couple of late nights (both in preparation and catching up on work), it has certainly been worth it. Continue reading Trust
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)
Ask someone what he might be doing for Lent, and you’ll likely get responses along the lines of: “I’m giving up Facebook” or “I’m giving up eating chocolate.”
Granted, these may be noble notions on their own, but people – young and old – often get too caught up in what they might be “giving up” for Lent instead of why they are doing it.
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